Friday, September 30, 2022

The Recent Evolution Of Indian Football: Changing The Face Of “The Beautiful Game”, As We Know It

Football has picked up his place in recent years among sporting fanatics in India. We have some history to showcase in football, from Mohun Bagan being one of the first football clubs around the globe to the qualification to 1950s World Cup and then eventually not getting to play it. But we have never made ourselves big, the game hardly had any exposure and apart from Cricket, people never switched on their TV sets for any other sport. With the hype of football culture in India and the growing popularity of foreign clubs among Indian football fans, the game has slowly starting to make his grasp and monitoring that popularity, with the start of Leagues like Indian Super League and Premier Futsal, football is slowly but eventually growing and evolving.

ISL was a major breakthrough for football in India, although it’s just a two month tournament but the signings of the marquee players like Del Piero, Robert Pieres, Roberto Carlos, Nicholas Anelka and other past superstars will benefit Indian youngsters in some way or the other. ISL has also put Indian football on the world map, the popularity, the craze among the fans and also the following during matchdays was more than inspiring and over whelming.

Whatever its flaws may be, it cannot be denied that the ISL has exposed Indian football to a level of professionalism that it had not consistently seen before. The organisational structure of the clubs, the training methods, player facilities, marketing — every aspect of the ISL aspires to match industry standards elsewhere in the world.

Recently, ISL franchise Kerala Blasters have got the Northern Ireland centre back, Aaron Hughes signed up to play for them in the upcoming season. What’s noticeable is Hughes unlike past marquee signings who already retired from International football, was part of the Northern Ireland’s great run in Euros 2016, and played 3 games for them.
It’s great to see that now the ISL franchises are moving from superstar names to stars who could contribute well for the football with their time on the pitch rather than the daily newspaper headlines.

Aaron Hughes

Recently ended Premier Futsal fulfilled the ultimate dream of every ardent football fan in India to watch the likes of game’s greatests like Ronaldinho, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Hernan Crespo, Michel Salgado and Futsal legend Falcao. People might argue that no way all these signings of superstars could change the face of Indian football but it is sure that now Indian has become one of the most exploitable markets in the footballing world and eventually this is going to uplift the game in our country.

A lot of Indian football enthusiasts and advocates have argued that of Indian footballing scene has to change, we have to start from the very root, the I-League. Only the major changes in the domestic league could benefit the game for long term.

Premier Futsal League

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Bengaluru FC is the perfect example for how an I League club should be run in India, great facilities for players, set up of an academy, winning the league 2 times in 3 years and reaching the AFC cuo quarterfinals under their coach Ashley Westwood. Recently, Westwood shockingly left the Blues and the management has now appointed the former El Salvador national head coach, Alberto Roca.

Roca reached the pinnacle of success during his five years (2005-09) at FC Barcelona where he assisted legendary Dutchman Frank Rijkaard in the backroom operations. The legendary team went on to win the Champions League and many domestic honours. He is considered to have played a pivotal role in launching Lionel Messi’s transition to the first team from the youth setup of La Masia.

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If rumours are to be believed, Bengaluru FC are looking to sign the Turkish Giant Galatasaray’s forward Umut Bulut in the record breaking fee to be paid by any I-League club of €3m. This shows the intent of the club, and hopefully other domestic clubs will take a leaf out it and will look to do some major changes to take the Indian football to the new heights.

Football has picked up his place in recent years among sporting fanatics in India. We have some history to showcase in football, from Mohun Bagan being one of the first football clubs around the globe to the qualification to 1950s World Cup and then eventually not getting to play it. But we have never made ourselves big, the game hardly had any exposure and apart from Cricket, people never switched on their TV sets for any other sport. With the hype of football culture in India and the growing popularity of foreign clubs among Indian football fans, the game has slowly starting to make his grasp and monitoring that popularity, with the start of Leagues like Indian Super League and Premier Futsal, football is slowly but eventually growing and evolving.

ISL was a major breakthrough for football in India, although it’s just a two month tournament but the signings of the marquee players like Del Piero, Robert Pieres, Roberto Carlos, Nicholas Anelka and other past superstars will benefit Indian youngsters in some way or the other. ISL has also put Indian football on the world map, the popularity, the craze among the fans and also the following during matchdays was more than inspiring and over whelming.

Whatever its flaws may be, it cannot be denied that the ISL has exposed Indian football to a level of professionalism that it had not consistently seen before. The organisational structure of the clubs, the training methods, player facilities, marketing — every aspect of the ISL aspires to match industry standards elsewhere in the world.

Recently, ISL franchise Kerala Blasters have got the Northern Ireland centre back, Aaron Hughes signed up to play for them in the upcoming season. What’s noticeable is Hughes unlike past marquee signings who already retired from International football, was part of the Northern Ireland’s great run in Euros 2016, and played 3 games for them.
It’s great to see that now the ISL franchises are moving from superstar names to stars who could contribute well for the football with their time on the pitch rather than the daily newspaper headlines.

Aaron Hughes

Recently ended Premier Futsal fulfilled the ultimate dream of every ardent football fan in India to watch the likes of game’s greatests like Ronaldinho, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Hernan Crespo, Michel Salgado and Futsal legend Falcao. People might argue that no way all these signings of superstars could change the face of Indian football but it is sure that now Indian has become one of the most exploitable markets in the footballing world and eventually this is going to uplift the game in our country.

A lot of Indian football enthusiasts and advocates have argued that of Indian footballing scene has to change, we have to start from the very root, the I-League. Only the major changes in the domestic league could benefit the game for long term.

Premier Futsal League

Bengaluru FC is the perfect example for how an I League club should be run in India, great facilities for players, set up of an academy, winning the league 2 times in 3 years and reaching the AFC cuo quarterfinals under their coach Ashley Westwood. Recently, Westwood shockingly left the Blues and the management has now appointed the former El Salvador national head coach, Alberto Roca.

Roca reached the pinnacle of success during his five years (2005-09) at FC Barcelona where he assisted legendary Dutchman Frank Rijkaard in the backroom operations. The legendary team went on to win the Champions League and many domestic honours. He is considered to have played a pivotal role in launching Lionel Messi’s transition to the first team from the youth setup of La Masia.

If rumours are to be believed, Bengaluru FC are looking to sign the Turkish Giant Galatasaray’s forward Umut Bulut in the record breaking fee to be paid by any I-League club of €3m. This shows the intent of the club, and hopefully other domestic clubs will take a leaf out it and will look to do some major changes to take the Indian football to the new heights.

Football has picked up his place in recent years among sporting fanatics in India. We have some history to showcase in football, from Mohun Bagan being one of the first football clubs around the globe to the qualification to 1950s World Cup and then eventually not getting to play it. But we have never made ourselves big, the game hardly had any exposure and apart from Cricket, people never switched on their TV sets for any other sport. With the hype of football culture in India and the growing popularity of foreign clubs among Indian football fans, the game has slowly starting to make his grasp and monitoring that popularity, with the start of Leagues like Indian Super League and Premier Futsal, football is slowly but eventually growing and evolving.

ISL was a major breakthrough for football in India, although it’s just a two month tournament but the signings of the marquee players like Del Piero, Robert Pieres, Roberto Carlos, Nicholas Anelka and other past superstars will benefit Indian youngsters in some way or the other. ISL has also put Indian football on the world map, the popularity, the craze among the fans and also the following during matchdays was more than inspiring and over whelming.

Whatever its flaws may be, it cannot be denied that the ISL has exposed Indian football to a level of professionalism that it had not consistently seen before. The organisational structure of the clubs, the training methods, player facilities, marketing — every aspect of the ISL aspires to match industry standards elsewhere in the world.

Recently, ISL franchise Kerala Blasters have got the Northern Ireland centre back, Aaron Hughes signed up to play for them in the upcoming season. What’s noticeable is Hughes unlike past marquee signings who already retired from International football, was part of the Northern Ireland’s great run in Euros 2016, and played 3 games for them.
It’s great to see that now the ISL franchises are moving from superstar names to stars who could contribute well for the football with their time on the pitch rather than the daily newspaper headlines.

Aaron Hughes

Recently ended Premier Futsal fulfilled the ultimate dream of every ardent football fan in India to watch the likes of game’s greatests like Ronaldinho, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Hernan Crespo, Michel Salgado and Futsal legend Falcao. People might argue that no way all these signings of superstars could change the face of Indian football but it is sure that now Indian has become one of the most exploitable markets in the footballing world and eventually this is going to uplift the game in our country.

A lot of Indian football enthusiasts and advocates have argued that of Indian footballing scene has to change, we have to start from the very root, the I-League. Only the major changes in the domestic league could benefit the game for long term.

Premier Futsal League

Bengaluru FC is the perfect example for how an I League club should be run in India, great facilities for players, set up of an academy, winning the league 2 times in 3 years and reaching the AFC cuo quarterfinals under their coach Ashley Westwood. Recently, Westwood shockingly left the Blues and the management has now appointed the former El Salvador national head coach, Alberto Roca.

Roca reached the pinnacle of success during his five years (2005-09) at FC Barcelona where he assisted legendary Dutchman Frank Rijkaard in the backroom operations. The legendary team went on to win the Champions League and many domestic honours. He is considered to have played a pivotal role in launching Lionel Messi’s transition to the first team from the youth setup of La Masia.

If rumours are to be believed, Bengaluru FC are looking to sign the Turkish Giant Galatasaray’s forward Umut Bulut in the record breaking fee to be paid by any I-League club of €3m. This shows the intent of the club, and hopefully other domestic clubs will take a leaf out it and will look to do some major changes to take the Indian football to the new heights.

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